It was a sunny day yesterday, but Hal David, the lyricist famous for "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," passed away at age 91. He had suffered a stroke in March of this year and suffered another one last Tuesday, and passed away from complications due to it.
In the 1960s and beyond, David worked with Burt Bacharach to produce some of the most memorable songs for movies, television, and recoridng artists. The duo came up with such songs as "Always Something There to Remind Me," "I Say A Little Prayer," and "(They Long to Be) Close to You," which was performed by The Carpenters.
They won an Oscar in 1970 for "Raindrops," which was recorded by B.J. Thomas for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and earned a Tony nomination and a Grammy for their score of Promises, Promises.
Their songs were also recorded by atists like Perry Como, Dusty Springfield, and Tom Jones, as well as newer artists like Alicia Keys, The White Stripes, The Flaming Lips, and even the cast of the hit TV show, Glee.
David received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in October of last year, and this May, he and Bacharach were given the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, but David was unable to attend the ceremony because of his stroke.
He is survived by his wife, his songs Jim and Craig, and three grandchildren.